Friday, August 29, 2008

Back in Portland

I arrived at the Portland Airport around 9am this morning, having pulled a crazy red eye flight, and just finished up the classic errands of food shopping, mail sorting, and the rest. I could hardly wait to take a sneak peek at some of Julie and Alex's wedding photos and as I did I already began missing Kauai. Knowing that Julie and Alex are still there hanging out in the gorgeous sun, I thought I would post a couple of teaser images in the off chance that they check their email at the hotel.

So, here it goes...

Post-wedding bliss:

Seconds before grabbing a taxi to the airport to come home:

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Destination Kauai : Day #1

When photographing a destination wedding, I always spend my first day documenting details of the area. It is a great way to get acclimated to the location and to adjust to the time zone change. Kauai is 3 hours earlier than Portland and because of an amazing night's sleep last night, I am becoming fully adjusted to "island time." For those of you who have travelled to Hawaii, you know exactly what I am talking about. Island time is a philosophy and a way of life around here where things happen when they are "supposed" to happen. For example, when I arrived at the airport late last night the woman at the Information booth suggested that I call Speedi Shuttle for transportation to the hotel. When I called, I was informed that a shuttle would arrive in 45 minutes. Not so speedy! I went back to the woman at the Information booth and told her I wanted to grab a taxi instead. She told me it was a wiser choice as Speedi Shuttle oftentimes does not even come by to pick you up even if you have a reservation. While climbing into the taxi that arrived just 2 minutes later, I thought to myself -- now why would she have even suggested that I call Speedi Shuttle in the first place -- that is when I realized I was on "island time."

So here I am living on "island time," getting acquainted with the area, and looking forward to the rehearsal dinner this evening where all the guests will have an opportunity to get together and celebrate this most amazing wedding experience. And by the way, "aloha" has already started to make it's way into my vernacular.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Late Night Download

So Holly and I literally just got home from Kaylyn and Brady's wedding. While downloading the photos from their day, I came across the one below and just knew that I had to post it. Think they had fun at their wedding? Just wait until you see the rest of the photos. Stay tuned!

Friday, August 22, 2008

2 Weddings : 1 Day

8/8/08 was a really big day for us at Paul Rich Studio. We had the opportunity to photograph not one -- but two weddings in just one day! Let's just say it was action packed and a whole lot of fun. Both weddings are posted below!

Holly & Kevin - August 8, 2008

Holly and Kevin have known each other since 1st grade and finally tied the knot on 8/8/08! Their wedding celebration took place at the Pyramid Breweries MacTarnahan's Taproom. Holly and Kevin's son Jake was the ring bearer and he looked so unbelievably cute in his little tuxedo.

To view the wedding slideshow, please click HERE. I sent a link to the slideshow to Holly in advance and here was her response after watching the sneak peek:

"I am at a loss for words.. They are more beautiful then I even could have imagined. You truly capture our emotion, our love, my heart. I can't stop looking at them and I can't stop crying. I owe you so much. You gave us a lifetime of beautiful memories.... Paul I am in awe.... You are so talented and really it is so beyond that. I LOVE all of them and can't wait to see the rest. You are so fast and I really appreciate it. I have been dying to see them... You and Holly are in my heart forever!!!"

Congratulations Holly and Kevin! Thank YOU for allowing us to be a part of your wedding day.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Carrie & Erin - August 8, 2008

Carrie & Erin were married at the St. Sharbel Catholic Church on August 8, 2008. After the ceremony, we went up to Mt. Tabor Park for a formals session. I love having the opportunity to photograph at the park. There are lots of picturesque areas and a great view of Hawthorne and downtown Portland. It was a pleasure having the opportunity to photograph Carrie and Erin's wedding.

To view the wedding slideshow, please click HERE.

Kylene & Jacob - August 3, 2008

Kylene and Jacob exchanged vows on August 3, 2008 at Kruger's Farm on Sauvie's Island. We feel so fortunate that the couple found us through Abby Larson's Style Me Pretty blog. About 1 year ago, the same time that Kylene and Jacob were preparing for their wedding, Holly and I were hand selected to be listed as part of Abby's Little Black Book of Wedding Vendors. We feel so honored to be listed as one of just three photography studios to represent Portland, OR.

During our original meeting with Kylene, I recall her saying that details were very important to her. She wanted to make sure that all aspects of her wedding were covered because she was hand-crafting nearly everything! In fact, a U-Haul was required to transport all of her hand-crafted items -- from the vintage table cloths and family heirloom dessert dishes to the lawn games and Polaroid Gazeebo Booth -- guests were treated to a very personalized wedding experience. Amy and Sidarany with Blush Bridal Events did an outstanding job making sure all the details were in place and the entire day flowed very smoothly thanks to their amazing talents.

Congratulations Kylene and Jacob and thank you so much for the opportunity to document your truly unique wedding day.

To view the wedding slideshow, simply click HERE.